Welcome to 2013!
I am not one for New Year's resolutions; I try to live one day at a time in a mindful way. I like to think about my daily intentions be they personal, for my family and friends or professionally. Believe me, not all days are thought out and purposeful, but that would be my goal in a perfect world (enter those days of 7 clients, kids with multiple practices and no dinner on the table; purposeful is out the window). All this talk about resolutions feels like a marketing ploy in my mind; it is the gym's way to get more business.
I do find that the beginning of new year can be a time for reflection. How did things go over the past twelve months and what is in store for the next twelve. I know many people that sit down with their partners and map out the calendar year: vacations, summer plans, budgets, doctor's appointments. I tend to live on the other end of that spectrum "what, Spring Break is next week? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?" There is no right or wrong, it is what works best for you individually and for your family.
There are those that decide they want to make inner changes as they reflect on where they have been and where they are going. Some have struggled with depression and are ready to take that first step to walk away from the heaviness, others may find that they are ready to face their anxiety and be rid of that beast for good and then some may be assessing negative relationships and considering opportunities to feel more positive and free.
Whatever your struggle, please remember that you deserve to feel joy. If you are stuck in the muck, treat yourself to whatever help it is that you think you need to be free from the demons; we all deserve to have joy and peace.
Happy New Year, let's make it a great one!!
I am a psychotherapist in Herndon, VA. I work primarily with adolescents, women and adoptive families who may be struggling with depression, anxiety or low self-esteem. Join me here for my thoughts about my practice, therapy or whatever is tickling my mind at the moment.